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October 2021

Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax. 1997 Oct; 86(41): 1593-7.

[Complementary medicine--health policy and health care costs]

Jungi WF.

Complementary medical methods are increasingly offered by physicians as well as other members of the health services and numerous therapists and they are sought and used by a majority of the population. From the point of view of health care authorities the question of acceptance or admission of methods and offering persons is raised. Unfortunately Switzerland lacks an uniform federal curriculum for practitioners of natural cures of other therapists in complementary medicine. Therefore, in order to control the steadily increasing wild growth of complementary medical offerings, several states (Kantone) have introduced examinations for the registration of such paramedical practitioners. Whether complementary (paramedical) medicine will really reduce costs of health care remains unproven so far. According to several surveys most alternative methods are used in addition to "school medicine" (academic medicine). Health insurance companies should subject reimbursement of costs to the fulfillment of standards regarding efficacy, appropriateness and economy equal to all other medications and therapies.

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